Girl Meets Bulgaria

Musings of an American expat in Bulgaria (with detours in Utah and Alaska)


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Learning a new language

I am back on the Bulgarian language bandwagon.

My move to Bulgaria is fast approaching and I have finally realized that it’s crunch time when it comes to learning Bulgarian. My future in-laws speak zero English, so I had better speak at least some basic Bulgarian. On top of just getting through normal day-to-day interactions, I would love to be able to learn from my Mother-in-Law. She is an amazing cook and gardener and I am dying to pick her brain.

I am committed to learning as much as I can before I move. So, it’s back to the textbooks, CDs, MP3s, and podcasts for me. My goal is to set aside at least 2 hours twice per week to study. Sadly, I don’t know any Bulgarians here in Utah and the closest university Bulgarian language courses are in California. I’m going to have to do this on my own (with a little help from V., of course).

I have “liked” a few Bulgaria related groups on Facebook, and the other day one of them posted a link to this blog post, “6 ways to stop being shy and learn a foreign language.”

The author, Dan Benson, lists 6 steps to help learning a new language.

  1. Give up control
  2. Talk to strangers
  3. Be confident
  4. Write it down first
  5. Decrease the size of your ego
  6. Get drunk!

I think I’ll remember these in my quest to learn Bulgarian, especially #6! 😉

W.

 


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Moleskine

There is just something about them. The creamy, lined pages, the simplicity, the history. Ah, the good ole’ Moleskine notebook. Hemingway used one. So did Van Gogh. How then can they not be essential? 😉

Moleskine Variety

I’ve been wanting to buy a Moleskin for quite some time. They are overly hyped, expensive (for nothing more than some paper bound in cardboard) and trendy, I know, but I couldn’t resist. I am not a huge journaling fan, rather, I LOVE making lists of all kinds. Whether it’s a list of to-dos, blogs or websites I stumble across or just some random thoughts; I simply adore lists!

I like them because they are thin and simple. No gaudy decoration on the cover. No annoying metal spiral getting in the way. Just paper. They practically beg for creative alterations. The possibilities seem endless. In fact, after buying mine (a pack of 3 to be precise) I wanted to see what others out there in the blogosphere/interweb were doing with their own Moleskines–as mine seem destined for forgettable lists. Among the many ideas I found:

  • sketch book
  • wallet
  • photo album
  • travel journal
  • dream journal

Check out flikr for some amazing ways people make their Moleskines uniquely their own.

I am going to make it a point not to let mine gather dust. Lists can be creative too, right?

One final thing. The Blog Stuff White People Like lists Moleskines at #122 on their list (of stuff white people like-obviously). I’m white. I like them. Oh, and I do consider myself creative. And 5 phone numbers and a grocery list is the perfect starting point for a novel, just ask Stephenie Meyer (that was my lame attempt a dig at S.M. and her writing skills, or lack thereof).

W.